Leslie Jones (1886-1967), was a Boston, Massachusetts photographer who worked for Boston Herald-Traveler newspaper for 39 years from 1917 to 1956.
His photographs documented both the usual and the unusual in the daily life of Boston, and his works are on digital display with the Boston Public Library, who has made them available via Creative Commons License.
Although Mr. Jones seemed to have an affinity for all furry creatures, great and small, he seemed to have a long-term fascination with cats. Below are some of the highlights from the collection.
A shelter cat says “hallo”.
Two serious housecats are up to no good.
Being carried like a baby.
A protective mama cat in a shelter.
Eeek!!! Not so brave kittens.
A proud mama cat cuddles her offspring.
I Iz the original office cat!
Pssssssst…. I haz a sekrit.
This cat appears to have had a very fulfilling fish feast.
While this cat is hoping for the house fish.
An unlikely matchup of friends.
Practicing early ninja stretches.
A cat who gets scraps from a restaurant owner.
Cat…. that has a mustache like Hitler.
All Photos licensed via Creative Commons, courtesy Boston Public Library/Leslie Jones Collection
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